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#121693 - 08/10/05 08:42 PM What's Foreign?  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
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Fullerton, CA USA
Another strange find fromLostazhell

This is a service in Bakersfield, CA. The Voltage reads right at 120/208 on a meter.

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#121694 - 08/10/05 09:22 PM Re: What's Foreign?  
renosteinke  Offline
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I always understood "foreign voltage" to mean that there was power inside that was not shut off by the disconnect. In otherwords, from more than one source.

#121695 - 08/10/05 09:22 PM Re: What's Foreign?  
wa2ise  Offline
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Posts: 782
Oradell NJ USA
Is Bakersfield on the Mexican border? Maybe the electricity comes from Mexico, and thus is foreign voltage. [Linked Image]

#121696 - 08/10/05 11:52 PM Re: What's Foreign?  
alan bergold  Offline
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Posts: 42
east meadow ny
The best thing is that it is CLEARLY marked for "FOREGN VOLTAGE"...As opposed to no marking at all...


#121697 - 08/11/05 12:00 AM Re: What's Foreign?  
alan bergold  Offline
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east meadow ny
maybe it is exported from the u.s. and our voltage is foregn to them......


#121698 - 08/11/05 03:08 AM Re: What's Foreign?  
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Maybe the electrons have been flown in and imported from china?? - maybe cuts down on the cost for the electricity board?

I wonder if the foreign electrons have their own suitcases with them, hmmmm..... [Linked Image]

#121699 - 08/11/05 03:19 AM Re: What's Foreign?  
e57  Offline
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Maybe it fed a 400V wye transformer at one time?

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#121700 - 08/11/05 06:08 AM Re: What's Foreign?  
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palo alto, ca usa
Grid-tied photovoltaic system?

#121701 - 08/11/05 02:06 PM Re: What's Foreign?  
John Crighton  Offline
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Southern California
I agree with Reno. Consider a motor control panel having a disconnect for the 3-phase power, but the 120V control power is on a separate branch circuit. Since the control circuit has no disconnect within the panel, it's a foreign voltage.

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